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Table Design Basics

Dining tables are humble, hardworking home furnishings. We eat at them day after day, pretty them up for holiday dinners, yet pound on them when we need a work table. A well made table requires almost no maintenance, and in return gives generations of solid service. What follows are basic points to consider in table design.

Hairpin Leg Helpfuls

Hairpin legs make for a fast and easy modern table. Read about design considerations and other helpful tips when building a hairpin table.

Hairpin Legs Installation Templates:

Download "How To" guide for installing hairpin legs on a round table

Download "How To" guide for installing hairpin legs on a square table

Hairpin Leg Turns 75, Endures as Modern Classic

The story behind the iconic metal table leg design called ‘the hairpin,’ starts three-quarters of a century ago with Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938...

Mid Century Modern Table Making Made Easy

Learn how to keep the light, minimalist look of mid century tables without using table aprons.

Furniture Finishing Tips

Furniture finishing is fun and easy. So have some fun and set aside enough time to get a great result.

Guide to Tabletop Thickness

How thick do you make your table tops? Top thickness is rarely talked about, but has a big impact on character. Before deciding, read about these top considerations.

Milling Services 1: Simple Add-on Services

Services save you time and make assembly easier. Adding Services to your component order eliminates your risk of expensive mistakes because all Services are guaranteed to be correct.

Milling Services 2: More Advanced Services

Services save you time and make assembly easier. Adding Services to your component order eliminates your risk of expensive mistakes because all Services are guaranteed to be correct.

Milling Services 3: Advanced Services for the Professional

Services save you time and make assembly easier. Adding Services to your component order eliminates your risk of expensive mistakes because all Services are guaranteed to be correct.

Vanity with Furniture Legs and Open Display Shelf

This bathroom vanity expresses two enduring trends in cabinetry. First, the furniture look – using real furniture legs at the vanity corners – gives a classic appeal to....

Sideboard Success

This is a guest post by amateur woodworker Philip Schmitt. He chronicles the conversion of a TV stand into a sideboard.

Notched Legs Make Shelving Easy

A notch cut into your wood legs makes adding a shelf to any kitchen island or piece of furniture easy. All you have to do is build a shelf assembly.

Country Style Coffee Table

I wanted a hard-working table, one packed with useful features like a drawer to stash TV remotes and a shelf for display space. This table could easily be.

Customizing a Stretcher Base Table

This article shows how stock components were easily modified to get custom results. The client will use the table for a lakefront cottage along the Quebec border. I chose stock part.

Colonial Tavern Table Design

We've always had an appreciation for architecture and furniture from before the Industrial Revolution, when woodworkers turned out crisp details and fine proportions using hand tools alone. The Colonial tavern table has a sturdy but elegant design that graced homes and inns during Colonial times. I liked the painted hardwood base, with its turned legs and well-proportioned aprons and stretchers.

Design Details Make the Difference

Detail changes can transform a case or cabinet project from simple country to a more formal style. Alternatively known as the Eight-Drawer Dresser Dress-Up.

North Shore Dresser

In response to a deluge of inquiries regarding the "rest of the cabinet" not shown on the cover of catalog 111 (only the ogee foot shows), I have put together this outline of construction for the North Shore Dresser.

Six-Legged Tables

Six-legged table bases are easy and very economical to build. Importantly, they are easy to disassemble, which is helpful in getting giant tables delivered and installed with ease.

Vanity Flair

How I dress up a bathroom vanity by using V-cut columns at the sides of the case. Here are basic key dimensions as well as some thoughts on construction, installation, and materials.

 

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